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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Diploma 77 weeks

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at CDI College is the right place to get the theoretical and practical skills you need to start a career in child care.

In the program, you'll learn through a combination of lectures, group discussions, hands-on practical experience, video presentations, and guest speakers. You will gain the important skills all early childhood educators need, including learning about child development, play, communication and child/family/community relations, and program planning.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to support the healthy development of children through child-centred learning practices.

This program is approved by the Child Care Brach of Alberta Children's services as meeting the current educational standards for certification of Early Childhood Educators in Alberta. Graduates of the diploma program will meet the program requirements to obtain the Level 3 Early Childhood Educator certification through Alberta Children’s Services.

Throughout the program, students participate in two field placements in different environments, totalling 760 hours. The field placement ensure that once you graduate, you will be ready to start your new career.

There is no Prior Learning or Transfer Credit available for this program. The ELCC Program is not transferable to other Alberta post-secondary institutions.


Campus Availability

This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.

  • Edmonton City Centre

The program itself, the instructor, and my classmates have helped me grow so much emotionally and psychologically. I have learned to know myself and to go beyond my limits.

Jessica G., Early Learning and Child Care Graduate
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